in connection with the International Women's Day
8 March 2004
The General Confederation of Trade Unions congratulates all women in the CIS
countries on the International Women's Day observed on the 8th of March.
On this day, proclaimed as a day of struggle for women's political and
socio-economic equality, we pay special tribute to the working women. We duly appreciate
the tremendous burden they have to shoulder as they earn their living, make a
significant contribution to societal development, and bring up their children.
We rate highly women's active participation in making our trade union movement
stronger. By joining the unions and getting involved in the life of their workplace
collectives, women contribute outstandingly to the struggles for their rights and social
and economic interests, which helps promote women's status in society and enhance
the role they play in their countries.
The trade unions are determined to continue fighting for broader rights and
opportunities for women, which they regard as part and parcel of their struggle
against poverty and destitution. The General Confederation of Trade Unions will
further work for achieving genuine gender equality, for eliminating any forms of
discrimination against women, and for implementing, on the CIS expanse, all
international instruments and programmes aiming to improve women's situation.
Let you contribution to the development of our states and peoples, dear Sisters,
bring welfare to your families and luck to your nearest and dearest. Let Providence
reward you with kindness and love for your charm, natural generosity and
We wish you good health, good fortune, fulfillment of all your hopes, and a great
success in all your undertakings.